Ocean Infinity, Austin, Texas, has been awarded a contract from Equinor Wind US LLC, Stamford, Conn., for one of the first-ever floating offshore windfarms on the U.S. West Coast.
Ocean Infinity will undertake a comprehensive site investigation survey using multiple AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) simultaneously for Equinor’s floating offshore wind lease area (OCS-P 0563)
“The U.S. West Coast with its challenging deepwater topography presents another excellent opportunity for Ocean Infinity to deliver the value of its multi-AUV capabilities for its clients, Shawntel Johnson, director, business development, at Ocean Infinity said in a statement. “AUVs in scale are the perfect tool for this region providing not only great data quality advantages over towed arrays, in the water depths spanning from 974 to 1317 meters (about 4,507 feet), but also huge efficiency over wide areas.”
The project is set to begin in February.
The survey scope encompasses a range of vital offshore surveys. These critical data acquisitions are integral components for Equinor to mature their design basis as well as inform the site assessment plan (SAP) and construction and operations plan (COP) for the OCS-P 0563 lease area. Ocean Infinity’s high quality data sets will facilitate informed decision-making and meticulous planning for the construction and operational phases.
“When Ocean Infinity was formed, the idea of using robotics at enormous scale to collect more data, faster and with less environmental impact while optimizing safety was our guiding principle,” said Oliver Plunkett, CEO at Ocean Infinity. “This project is that entire vision coming to life. It’s exciting and rewarding to work with clients such as Equinor who share our vision, can see the power of robotics and our unique understanding as tech innovators, and will reap the benefits as we support them in driving the energy transition.
“Ocean Infinity’s fleet of globally located uncrewed vessels and around 20 AUVs, the world’s largest fleet of full capability deepwater autonomous underwater vehicles, ideally place the company to support the ongoing growth in offshore renewable energy in the U.S. and globally.”